WATCH: John Senden's Driver Snaps Mid-Swing

Have you ever seen anything like this?

John Senden's Driver Snaps Mid-Swing

Have you ever seen anything like this?

WATCH: John Senden's Driver Snaps Mid-Swing

Something very strange happened to John Senden on the 9th hole during the opening round of the Australian PGA Championship.

The Aussie went to tee off on the par-5 9th hole and his driver shaft appeared to snap mid-swing.

Senden's backswing looked fine before the shaft snapped in the grip area and he subsequently missed the ball.

To the naked eye, it may look like he had an air shot but with the volume turned up you can hear the snap on his downswing.

Watch: John Senden's driver snaps mid-swing -

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Senden, a two-time PGA Tour winner, looked to be in some pain after the shaft must have stabbed him in the hand, however he was okay to continue.

A bizarre incident then followed, as a rules official told him that the air shot counted as a stroke and his second shot on the par-5 had to played from the same position.

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He had to drop the ball on the tee in the same place he had originally teed it up and played a 3 wood off the deck.

Senden's playing partner Geoff Ogilvy was unhappy with the decision, clearly swearing on camera in mention of the rules -

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Watch: Senden explains situation - 'It spooked me' -

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In the end, Senden bogeyed the hole and signed for a level par opening 72.

He is six back of the lead at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

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The Australian PGA Championship is co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australia and the European Tour.

Big names competing this week include Marc Leishman, Geoff Ogilvy, Cameron Smith, Andrew 'Beef' Johnston and Ryan Fox.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x